Reigning Liberty Ranch: August 28

Join us for a special presentation by Becki Bigelow, director of Traverse City’s Reining Liberty Ranch, a visionary program providing rehabilitation services for veterans. The ranch promotes the well-being of veterans and their families, along with disabled and at-risk individuals through equine, agricultural, educational services and community outreach. Becki’s presentation will take place at 7:00 pm, in the Kasson Township Hall south of Maple City.

Kathleen Stocking & Friends:  September 15

Award-winning local author Kathleen Stocking will read from her latest book From the Place of the Gathering Light, profiling the people and places that have shaped the character of our community. She’ll be joined by several guests who’ll share their own unique perspectives on Empire’s rich history. Her presentation will take place at the Empire Township Hall at 2:00 pm.

Yarn documentary: September 19

Join us for a special screening of the documentary film Yarn, presented in partnership with the Glen Arbor Arts Center. The traditional crafts of crochet and knitting have become one of the hottest movements in modern art. Yarn looks at the new ways an old craft is transformed in the hands of several international practitioners.  The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Empire Township Hall, with a discussion following the film itself.

Tech Help Desk

If you need assistance with common computing, smartphone or tablet issues, contact the library for a referral to one of our volunteer tech tutors. They’re available to help you learn the many tools available on your device: email, text-messaging, camera and photos, clocks and calendars, notes and reminders, apps, and more. Our tutors can also help you learn to download electronic books and media from the library. However, please note that our tutors can’t provide technical support for hardware or software issues. If you’re interested in volunteering for this program,  please contact the library.

Lakeshore Readers book group

Our resident book group meets here in the library each month, typically on the last Wednesday, to share their insights and observations about the selected title. Their lively meetings are open to the public, with guests always welcome. A list of upcoming selections can be found on our calendar. Please note that the library generally owns only one copy of each selection. Additional copies can be ordered through MelCat or may be purchased from the Cottage Book Shop or other local booksellers.